Philip D. Ross

1858 – 1949 Avid sportsman, newspaperman, businessman and politician, Ross played an influential role in the development of hockey in Ottawa. Born in Montreal, Ross moved to Ottawa in 1885 and after a few years settled in Sandy Hill where … Read More

Barbara Ann Scott

1928-2012   In 1948, 19 year-old Barbara Ann Scott won Canada’s first-ever gold medal in singles figure skating at the Olympics in St Moritz (Switzerland). Scott received the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year in 1945, 1947 … Read More

Francis C. Sullivan

1882 – 1929 A student and later associate of famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Sullivan introduced the modernist Prairie School of architecture to Canada. An architect of undoubted talent and energy, Sullivan’s career was marred by a quick temper … Read More

Emma Woikin

When Igor Gouzenko defected from the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa in September 1945, Emma Woikin was one of the 22 Canadians he named as spies. Woikin was the first to plead guilty, the first to stand trial, and the first … Read More

Alexander S. Woodburn

1830 -1904   Born in Ireland, Alexander “Alex” Smith Woodburn was a prominent Ottawa businessman and philanthropist and the founder of the Ottawa Journal.    Between 1898 and 1904, Woodburn lived at 46 Henderson Ave.  That home is still standing … Read More

George Penrose Woollcombe

1867 – 1951 An educator and clergyman with uncommon vision and energy, Woollcombe founded Ashbury College and directed it for its first 42 years. Ashbury today is recognized as one of the finest private schools in Canada.   During his … Read More

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